NFIP Reform Bill Passes House With Bipartisan Support

The House on Tuesday , November 14 backed legislation that will increase flood insurance premiums for many property owners to help firm up a program under stress from ever-more frequent and powerful storms. The bill's passage was secured when sponsors made a variety of changes to accommodate lawmakers determined to protect constituents from even steeper rate hikes or from being booted out of the program altogether.

Restore LA Program Warns of Scams

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Office of Community Development warns residents of telephone scams in which callers ask flood-impacted families to provide private information like bank account numbers or make a financial deposit to complete their applications for assistance.

Louisiana First in Nation to Provide School Finder

The Louisiana Department of Education released a comprehensive online reporting system detailing how well child care centers and schools statewide are preparing students, birth through grade 12, for the next grade level and beyond. The interactive system, called the Louisiana School Finder, details the first-ever early childhood performance profiles and the annual school performance scores, among other information valuable to families. It is the first of its kind in the nation.

Call for Action: Tax Reform

The National Association of REALTORS® and Louisiana REALTORS® strongly encourages REALTORS® to TAKE ACTION on Tax Reform. 

2018 Officers & Local Board Presidents Installed

Louisiana REALTORS® is proud to have installed the 2018 Officers and Local Association leadership at the annual Fall Governance Meeting held at the Hotel Monteleone on September 21.

Louisiana REALTORS® Resource (10-17-2017)

A copy of content and information provided in the October 17, 2017 email of the Louisiana REALTOR®  Resource - the publication for REALTORS striving for excellence! 

Commissioner Donelon Urges Vigilance Ahead of Tropical Storm Nate

Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon is urging residents to be prepared and vigilant as Tropical Storm Nate continues to track towards the Gulf Coast.

“There remains some uncertainty as to the intensity of this storm when it makes landfall, but I urge residents to take steps, if they haven’t already, to prepare for its potential impact,” said Commissioner Donelon. 

2017 LRLeadership Graduates

Louisiana REALTORS® is proud to announce another graduating class of LR Leadership participants. Twenty-three (23) candidates now join the ranks of over 250 leaders before them. 

DONATE to Relief Fund for TEXAS

As our friends and REALTORS® in Texas work to recover from Hurricane Harvey, supplies and relief efforts are underway from a variety of groups and individuals. The Louisiana REALTORS® Disaster Relief Fund is one way members can DONATE to the relief of our Texas neighbors.

At Large Director Candidates

The following candidates have submitted applications for At Large Board of Director members. Applications for each candidate can be viewed at the links provided below each photo. The election will take place at the next Board of Directors meeting during the Fall Governance Meeting on Thursday, September 21, 2017.  

Seller's Responses to Property Disclosure Document

Louisiana law requires residential sellers to complete to the best of their knowledge a "property disclosure document" detailing the condition of the property being sold.  Louisiana REALTORS has been following a recent Louisiana case which calls into question how sellers should respond to the PDD questions. A joint meeting of REALTORS® and Louisiana Real Estate Commissioners will take place at the end of the month to discuss whether any changes need to be made. 

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) Re-Authorization

The National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire on September 30th without Congressional action. NAR estimates that past lapses of the NFIP have delayed or cancelled 1,400 transactions a day. The program presently is in debt to the United States treasury by approximately $25 Billion. This certainly creates a concern for the sustainability of the program. During the past month, there has been a lot of activity on Capitol Hill. Here's what information you need to know

"Obtain and Maintain" Insurance Requirements

Louisiana REALTORS® wants to make REALTORS® aware of the "Obtain and Maintain" Insurance Requirements for homeowners that receive federal financial disaster assistance. The recipient of disaster relief funding who fails to "obtain and maintain" flood insurance may be ineligible for future disaster assistance as well as be required to repay disaster assistance previously received.

2017 Legislative Session Recap & Wins

The Legislative Session ended last month with no tax increases and without passing a budget. Read a summary of activities or view REALTOR® and homeowner wins. As state issues settle, REALTORS® need to turn their attention to the national stage as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is set to expire on September 30. It is imperative that we stand ready to respond to Calls for Action and what is happening in Congress

New Penalties for Unlicensed Real Estate Activity

Louisiana REALTORS® sponsored Senate Bill 108 by Senator Bodi White passed the Senate and House of Representatives and has been signed by the Governor.  This legislation is an amendment to an existing statute and adds criminal penalties for a violation. The amendment becomes effective August 1, 2017. 

Designation & Certification Summer Camp Rewind

Louisiana REALTORS® held its first Designation & Certification Summer Camp from June 12-16 at the Golden Nugget Hotel & Casino in Lake Charles, LA. The week long event featured top notch national instructors that touched on a variety of topics to help REALTORS® develop their knowledge and concentrate on skills to better serve their clients.

Legislative Session Report

The 2017 Legislative Session was great for REALTORS and for homeowners. LR was successful at preventing new sales tax on services as well as passing legislation that penalizes those that practice without a license. Norman Morris, CEO provides a short recap of those wins in this last legislative session report. 

Message from the CEO - Summer Camp

Norman Morris, CEO urges attendance at Louisiana REALTORS' first Designation & Certification Summer Camp event  taking place next week in Lake Charles, LA. There is a topic that fits all experience levels and instructors that will deliver top notch education to increase the skills of attendees to better serve their clients.

Regulatory Reform Roundtables - Financial Services & Real Estate

The. U.S. Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy is hosting a series of roundtables seeking input from financial and real estate services. The purpose of each roundtable is to hear directly from local small businesses about what regulations concern them. This will be an opportunity for small business leaders to educate Advocacy and federal agencies through first-hand accounts of how federal regulations impact their small business.